TY Hike, Prep for Med, Valentine’s Poetry, Cross Country Championships, Feast Day Mass
16th February 2015
TY students enjoying the scenery at Coumshingaun Lake
Sweat, sheep and snow; a strange combination. On Tuesday last, we spent the first half of our school day hiking up Coumshingaun. The weather was on the frosty side, but it was perfect for an early morning climb.
With our hats on we began to climb up the steep mountain front. Not long after we were sweating as if it were a scorching summer’s day. As were neared the top we took our time in basking in the beauty that was below us. The view was out of this world. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it.
We made it over the other side of the mountains where we started to feel the cold breeze as we were at such a height. We had a picnic while taking in the stunning lake that surrounded us. The trek back down was a lot harder than we imagined. If you had no grip on your shoes you were doomed to slip most of the way down. So for many of us the way down was quite a lot faster than the way up.
Overall, I thought it was a great practice for our upcoming Gaisce trip. The view alone made me want to do it all over again. We had a tremendous time altogether.
Sinead O’Donnell, 4th Year
Prep for Med
It was an early start for Gráinne, Ms Gleason and I on the 30th January as we headed to UCC for the ‘Prep for Med’ day. More than a 100 pupils from all of Munster had been invited to UCC for this special day.
After registration and introduction, we toured the Brookfield Health Science Complex. We visited the FLAME anatomy lab and went to 8 different stations where med students and lecturers taught us some basics like CPR, First Aid and Anaphylaxis. One of the highlights of this tour was meeting the Patient Simulator which is basically a giant dummy whose speech and vital signs can be changed by a teaching doctor to recreate scenarios for medical students to learn from.
After a quick lunch, we travelled to Cork University Hospital where we were given interesting talks by a pathologist, a trauma doctor and a talk about ethics in medicine. But by far the most interesting and mind blowing experience of the day was when we watched live elective caesarean section being performed by video link. The room burst into applause when the healthy girl was safely delivered.
It was a hectic day that I enjoyed thoroughly. It gave me a real insight into the world of a medical student and the world of a doctor. I was also very impressed with the incredible facilities in UCC and I was very impressed by how smoothly the whole day went.
Kate McGrath, 4th Year
Winners of the St. Valentine's Day Poetry Competition pictured with Ms.Curran and Mrs.Clancy
St. Valentine’s Day Poetry Competition
The Árd Scoil was getting into the spirit of St. Valentine’s Day over the past two weeks with students writing poems for our St. Valentine’s Day Poetry Competition. There were some wonderful entrants for the competition. The winners of the competition were Eileen Landers (1st Prize), Molly McCloskey (2nd Prize), Aoife Dee and Hayley Stringer (3rd Prize), Megan Lennon (4th Prize), Michelle Sheehan (5th Prize), Bethany Miller and Aoife Loome (6th Prize) and Lauren Mulvihill, Conach Gibson and Emily Martin (7th Prize). A big thank you to Ms. Caulfield and Ms. Curran for organising the event and to Mrs. Clancy for judging the poems.
Minor Cross Country Team Talithakoumi Macaulay, Anne McGrath, Sarah Lacey, Kate Hickey, Orla Keane, Aoife Dee and Lucy Holmes
Cross Country Championships
On the 12th of February 2015 our athletes travelled to CIT in Cork for the Munster Cross Country Championships. Lucy Holmes had yet another excellent performance to finish fourth overall and qualify to the All Irelands. The hilly course really suited Lucy and her fellow team members. The team finished 5th overall and were delighted with the result as this was their first year running cross county. Well done to Lucy Holmes, Sarah Lacey, Aoife Dee, Anne Mc Grath, Kate Hickey, Orla Keane and Talithakoumi Macaulay.
In the senior girls race we had only one competitor on the day Sinead O Brien. Sinead had an excellent run and has represented the school at such a high standard. Congratulations Sinead.
Best of luck to Lucy Holmes, who will now go on to represent the Árd Scoil in the All Irelands which will be held in Kildare on the 7th of March.
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
On Friday 13th February all of our students and staff came together in the Friary Church to celebrate our patron saint Our Lady of Lourdes. It is always a wonderful experience when our entire school community can come together to celebrate in this way. During the mass we heard some beautiful singing from our school choir and several of our students became Eucharistic Ministers. We would like to wish big thank you to Fr. John Harris, Mrs. Lucey and the school choir for the wonderful music and all those involved in the preparations for the mass.